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Reinhardt Career and Professional Development Services

Reinhardt offers a Bachelor of
Arts in Criminology through the School of Math & Sciences. The Criminology program is designed to prepare graduates to be a critical thinker and problem solver in many various careers. It also builds an excellent foundation of knowledge for students to pursue graduate degrees or law school.


Are You Ready To...

• Look for meaning in facts and figures

• Understand research methods

• Analyze case studies (detailed descriptions of particular examples)

• Understand criminal law and policy

• Learn theories and the methods of crime psychology


It Helps To Be...

• Interested in psychology, sociology, and the law

• Able to comprehend and analyze a bounty of complex information

• A quick thinker

• Strongly associated with following and obeying the law, as well as enforcing the law

• A person with a great sense of and respect for justice


Work Environment

Police and detective work can be physically demanding, stressful, and dangerous. Officers regularly work at crime or accident scenes and other traumatic events. The jobs of some federal agents, such as U.S. Secret Service and DEA special agents, require extensive travel, often on short notice. These agents may relocate a number of times over the course of their careers. Some special agents, such as those in the U.S. Border Patrol, may work outdoors in rugged terrain and in all kinds of weather. Most people in these fields work full time and some have paid overtime, and many work holidays, nights, and weekends.



Knowledge Base

The courses that you will take with this degree program will introduce you to topics such as research methods, psychology of crime, ethics, forensic science, juvenile delinquency, criminal profiling, among other things. You will be properly prepared to work in any kind of criminal-related or forensic environment.


Employment Websites

American Society for Industrial Security

American Academy of Forensic Sciences

National Association of Investigative Specialists

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences

American Correctional Association

American Criminal Justice Association

American Probation & Parole Association

American Society of Criminology

International High Technology Crime Investigation Association

National Criminal Justice Association

National Organization for Victim

What Can I Do with A Degree in Criminology?

Our obsession with crime and punishment is reflected in fact and fiction television programs about on-the-lam killers, petty criminals, and white-collar crime. Today, as much as ever, we are fascinated by questions about crime: why do people commit crimes? Is there such a thing as a born killer? Is a completely crime-free society possible?

Criminology is the search for answers to questions like these. Our understanding of who commits crimes and why has a direct influence on the criminal-justice system. As a criminology student, you may come up with new theories that lead to better responses to crime and its causes.

Students of criminology study the nature and causes of crime, the behavior of criminals, and the criminal-justice system.

Related Careers

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Airline Security Specialist

Appeals Reviewer

Arson Investigator


Bail Bonding Agent

Border Patrol Agent

Child Welfare Caseworker

College/University Faculty

Community Relations Worker

Computer Crime Specialist

Consumer Safety Officer

Corporate Security Specialist

Court Diversion Specialist

Crime Intelligence Analyst

Crime Lab Technician

Crime Laboratory Analyst

Criminal Investigator


Customs Agent/Inspector

DEA Agent


Document Examiner

FBI/Secret Service Agent

Fingerprint Classifier/

Fire Marshall

Forensic Chemist

Forensic Pathologist

Forensic Scientist

Fraud Analyst/Investigator

Guidance Counselor

Healthcare Security/Safety

Health Inspector

Hotel Security Director

Immigration Inspector

Inspector/Compliance Officer


Juvenile Dentention Specialist

Law Clerk


Legal Technician/Analyst

Loss Prevention Specialist

Narcotics Investigator


Park Ranger

Probation/Parole Officer

Police Officer

Polygraph Examiner/Operator

Postal Inspector

Prison Case Manager

Prison Recreation Leader

Private Investigator

Private Security Specialist

Recreation Center Director

Rehabilitation Counselor

Safety Inspector

Securities Agent

Security Consultant


Social Scientist

Social Services Director

Social Worker

Substance Abuse Counselor

Treasury Enforcement Agent

U.S. Marshal

Victim Advocate

Wildlife Agent

Potential Employers


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Armed Forces

Attorney General Offices

Central Intelligence Agency

Colleges & Universities

Community Transition

Corporate Security Offices

Correctional Institutions


Crime Labs

Crisis Centers

U.S. Customs & Border Protection

Diplomatic Services/Embassies

Drill Academies/Boot Camps

Drug Enforcement Agency

Drug Treatment Center

Educational Institutions


Federal Bureau of Prisons

Public Defender Offices

Fish and Game Commissions

Governor's Offices

Highway Patrol

Juvenile Detention Center

Mental Health Institutions

Prison Systems

Private Correctional

Private Detective Agencies

Private & Nonprofit Organizations

Private Security/Surveillance

Probation Departments

Social Service Agencies

State Attorney's Offices

State Bar Association

State Senate and House of Representatives

Substance Abuse Clinics

Telecommunications Carriers

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Marshal Service

U.S. Secret Service

Victim/Witness Services

Youth Facilities


• Visit the Career & Professional Development Services department in the Hasty Student Life Building and explore your career and intern potentials through CCN, FOCUS and CANDID Careers/Perfect Interview programs
• Earn good grades - grades are an indicator of technical competence in accounting and of a person's work ethic
• Volunteer to work with troubled youth
• Consider obtaining experience in law enforcement or military
• Obtain a graduate or law degree for advancement
• Be familiar with governmental hiring practices
• Get experience working with diverse populations, and
learning a second language (Spanish is particularly marketable)

Campus Contacts

Donald G. Gregory, Ph.D.
Sociology Program Coordinator
Office: 770-720-5978